Police plan sobriety checkpoint

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:20 PM

Lebanon Police Department plans to conduct high-visibility, impaired-driver counter-measures this weekend. 

According to Lt. Brent Willett, the department plans to hold a checkpoint on Highway 109 on Friday and will also conduct saturation patrols.

“We’ll be monitoring for DUIs while enforcing traffic violations and other offenses,” said Willett in a press release. “The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol or drug related crashes.”

Officers will observe drivers who pass through the checkpoint and will for signs of impairment. 

“We ask those citizens that may be briefly held up by the checkpoint to please be patient and understanding. Those that may consider drinking or using drugs that impair their ability to drive should think twice,” said Willett.

A DUI conviction carries jail time, heavy fines, loss of driving privileges and a criminal record. 

“Most importantly, driving under the influence can and often does result in the loss of innocent lives,” said Willett. 

Funding for these alcohol countermeasures has been made possible through a grant from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

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